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Kazakhstan: Smog Envelopes a Freezing Capital

A screengrab from 2006 horror film The Silent Hill, which Astana residents have likened to their city.

For many a year, strong and chilly winds have been the greatest source of misery for residents of the capital of Kazakhstan.

In the last few days, however, it is the lack of air movement and the appearance of a heavy shroud of smog that is scourging Astana.

On December 5, the Kazgidromet meteorological service reported that wind speeds had dropped to nought. In an apparently linked development, weather service officials noted that presence of pollutants recorded in the city’s air had exceeded permissible levels over the weekend.

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Kazakhstan: Smog Envelopes a Freezing Capital

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